Americans Must Be Able to Count on Census



It shouldn’t even be debatable, but the U.S. Department of Justice wants the next national Census to count the number of U.S. citizens as accurately as possible.Open-borders groups — in their relentless crusade to blur the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants – assail the DOJ’s request for a Census question about citizenship status as naive, nativist and unfair.

In reality, failing to make the query would be worse than sticking one’s head in the sand. Willful ignorance makes a mockery out of the country’s decennial head count.

At this writing, no one knows how many illegal aliens live here. FAIR’s best estimate is 12.5 million.

A state breakdown of that number is significant because California, Texas and Florida – home to the nation’s largest populations of illegal aliens — stand to expand their clout in Congress. Congressional district allocations are based on raw Census data that do not disaggregate by legal status.

According to FAIR research:

  • Texas, with 2,482,000 illegals, would pick up three seats (39 total).
  • Florida, with 1,279,000 illegals, would gain two seats (29).
  • California, with 3,535,000 illegals, will likely hold at 53 seats, or perhaps gain one.

A Census that properly distinguishes between legal and illegal residents would give Congress a better fix on the population that’s legally present and eligible to vote.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says DOJ particularly “needs a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged of suspected.”

Money, real money, is also in play. States with large illegal-alien populations receive disproportionately bigger slices of government funds distributed on the basis of inflated Census counts.

“It’s not just political representation, which is bad enough, but allocation of federal money,” notes FAIR media director Ira Mehlman.

The nation’s immigrant population — legal and illegal – grew an estimated 3.8 million since the 2010 Census, hitting a record 43.7 million as of July 2016.

The Census Bureau is evaluating the Justice Department’s request. A final list of questions for the 2020 Census must be submitted to Congress by the end of March.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

3 Comments

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    The immigration issue at hand is mind-boggling, isn’t it? You have plenty of crooked politicians like Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, etc., etc., etc. who are OPENLY selling out the American people by threatening to shut down government service for 320 million Americans over a highly controversial DACA program for less than 1 million ‘refugees’ residing in our country ILLEGALLY! Did we really come so far that every hungry/unhappy mouth south of the border receives PRIORITY over the needs of law-abiding Americans? If so then we have reached a new level of LUNACY!
    For myself, I share Joe Arpaio take on DACA; “Deport them!” For crying out loud, give them the opportunity to fix THEIR country and leave us alone. I can do just fine without them and their constant whining. They need to show some dignity and rise above the phrase ‘Rats leaving a sinking ship’ instead of eagerly abandoning their motherlands. Some phony ‘patriots’!

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    It’s my belief that if you want to have your State be a Sanctuary for illegal aliens, you receive no Federal Funding at ALL and maybe the citizens of the States allowing illegals should not be allowed to Vote either. Then they will not have any advantages.